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On October 26, 2009, over 50 water professionals, river activists, educators and utility representatives met at Portland State University for River Network's Saving Water, Saving Energy: Integrated Approaches to Addressing Climate Change and Protecting Rivers workshop. Participants gathered to learn about the connections between water, energy and climate change and network with their peers working on these issues.
Below you can find links to each of the information-packed presentations from the workshop. To download a summary of the closing discussion on Moving Forward: Engaging Your Community and Working Collaboratively, click here.
Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Water Supplies and Adaptation Strategies in the Pacific Northwest
Lorna Stickel, Portland Water Bureau
Global climate change will reveal itself through water by altering hydrologic cycles and increasing the likelihood of more extreme weather events, such as floods, droughts and hot spells. In the Northwest, climate change will present a variety of challenges for communities trying to properly manage and protect their water resources. This presentation from Lorna Stickel of the Portland Water Bureau and the Regional Water Providers Consortium will describe how climate change will impact water supplies in the Northwest and explore different types of adaptation strategies to address these changes and how climate change can be incorporated into planning. Download: Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Water Supplies and Adaptation Strategies in the Pacific Northwest (PDF).
The Water-Energy Nexus
Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel, River Network
It is now indisputable that water and energy are interdependent. Energy development stresses water supplies while using water requires massive amounts of energy. In this presentation from Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel, River Network's Saving Water, Saving Energy Project Coordinator, participants will learn about water-related energy use and carbon emissions in the U.S. and the potential energy savings through water-oriented approaches. In addition, there will be a brief overview of water use and trends in the energy sector. Download: The Water-Energy Nexus (PPS).
Tools to Help Understand the Water-Energy Connection
Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute
An understanding of the energy embedded in water can inform integrated policy making and
strengthen water conservation efforts. A number of tools are available to help water utilities and the general public realize how much energy and greenhouse gas emissions are associated with their water use. This presentation will introduce some of these tools so that participants can promote and apply them in their community. Download: Pacific Institute's Water-to-Air Model.
Local Water Conservation Programs from the Tualatin Valley Water District
Jim Meierotto, Tualatin Valley Water District
As part of their mission to ensure communities have adequate, safe and affordable drinking water, public and private water utilities play a vital role in promoting water conservation and efficiency. Tualatin Valley Water District and the Regional Water Providers Consortium have longstanding commitments to protecting water resources by helping their customers use less water, and as a result less energy. In this presentation from Jim Meierotto, Participants will learn about local efforts to promote water conservation and efficiency for their residential and commercial customers. Download: Local Water Conservation Programs from the Tualatin Valley Water District (PDF).
Low Impact Development for Watershed Health
Daniela Cargill, City of Portland, Environmental Services
In 2008, the City of Portland made an additional $55M investment in green stormwater management and habitat improvement implementation. Expected hydrologic, water quality and other benefits are often more difficult to quantify than those provided by traditional grey infrastructure approaches. This presentation from Daniela Cargill of the Bureau of Environmental Services will provide information about what made it possible to make this investment, what the City is learning, and what benefits we expect to garner from this adjusted approach to stormwater management. Download: Low Impact Development for Watershed Health (PDF).
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Janet Gillaspie, Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies
Treating wastewater and ensuring that only clean water enters our rivers requires a lot of energy. Luckily, there are a number of strategies available to increase energy efficiency measures at wastewater treatment plants and to encourage installation of renewable power sources. This presentation from Janet Gillaspie of the Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies will describe ACWA’s efforts to help clean water agencies reduce their energy demands and increase renewable power use while keeping pollution out of our waterways. Download: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at Wastewater Treatment Facilities (PDF).
Rebates and Incentives for Public and Private Water Providers in Oregon
Walt Mintkeski, Energy Trust of Oregon and Kim Thompson, Bonneville Power Administration
Oregon already has a number of programs and incentives aimed at reducing the carbon emissions of water and wastewater treatment systems. These presentations from Walt Mintkeski of the Energy Trust of Oregon and Kim Thompson of Bonneville Power Administration provide an overview of programs and incentives to encourage water and wastewater utilities to implement energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy generation within their systems. Download: Rebates and Incentives for Public and Private Water Providers in Oregon.
River Network would like to thank the Alliance for Water Efficiency for providing funding for this event. We would also like to thank the following organizations for their support and assistance with outreach and planning: